With one vacancy on the 53-man roster after the Friday release of Simeon Rice, the Broncos opted to bestow that precious spot upon first-year quarterback Darrell Hackney, promoting him to the primary roster on Saturday.
The move means that the Broncos will actually have 46 players in uniform instead of 45. NFL rules permit teams to dress a third quarterback with the provision that he cannot play until the fourth quarter. If he plays before then, the other two quarterbacks are ineligible to return to action.
Hackney has never before been on a 53-man roster; he spent his rookie campaign in 2006 out of football after the Cleveland Browns waived him at the end of the preseason. Denver signed the UAB product to a reserve-future contract in January and he made the practice squad for the regular season, starting for the Broncos in the preseason finale.
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